environment

Greener Printing – How to Limit Your Impact On the Environment

Reducing your effect on the environment is a difficult act to accomplish with all the energy usage and plastic floating around the printing market. However, environmental printing is no longer an oxymoron and there are steps you can take to be greener in your office. Read on to see top tips from John Sollars, MD of printer cartridge supplier Stinkyink.com. 1: Make your print requests green The best way to make an instant impact for environmental printing is making changes in what, and how, you are actually printing. Simply implement these few quick points and see your wastage tumble. Font and formatting Getting rid of bold headers or text will cut down on ink usage for each page, especially in often-printed documents. Consider cutting down your font size and looking at physically thinner f... »

Last Call for Innovative Tech Firms to Win Trading Support

Last Call for Innovative Tech Firms to Win Trading Support

Innovative science and technology firms only have until 16 September to enter the Government-backed iawards, to be in with a chance of winning publicity and international trading support. Applicants can choose from 13 categories to enter, including energy and environment, digital communications, best collaboration, the next big thing and best technology start-up. Category winners will then go head-to-head for the iaward of the year. The awards are open to UK-registered firms of any size that have launched ground-breaking projects since 1 July 2007. BBC Dragons’ Den judge James Caan, urged businesses to put themselves forward. “I firmly believe that businesses who focus their energy on nurturing the talent available to them can lead the UK out of the recession,” said Caan.... »

Green Issues Less Important in the Recession

Green Issues Less Important in the Recession

Small firms are choosing to cut back on measures to help the environment during the recession, research from the Government’s environmental guidance website Netregs has revealed. A Netregs survey of 7,000 small firms found that there had been a 75 per cent drop in those with a formal environmental management system (EMS) in place since 2007. An EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable a business to monitor and manage its environmental position. The research also found that just 23 per cent of small businesses now have an environmental policy, compared with 39 per cent in 2007. “Our survey has unearthed a level of denial among some small businesses who still don’t acknowledge the harm that they can do to the environment nor recognise the business opportunity it ... »

Environment a priority for SMEs despite downturn

Environment a priority for SMEs despite downturn

> Being environmentally friendly remains a priority for more than three-quarters of businesses despite the economic downturn, according to new research by government-funded environmental support body Envirowise. In the poll of 300 businesses, 77 per cent said sustainable practices and green measures were still on their business agenda or had become even more of a priority – mainly because they were a way to cut costs. Taking simple steps such as turning printers and computers off at night, rather than using stand-by, could help reduce office energy costs by 50 per cent, according to Envirowise. Remembering to fully turn off taps could save the average business up to £700 a year on their water bill. UK businesses could collectively save around £6.4 billion a year, Envirowi... »

Green Office Week

Offices force UK workers to leave the environment at home

Small Business News – 20th February 2009 New research has revealed that UK offices are holding back their workers from being environmentally friendly. A YouGov research poll has exposed that, despite office workers being keen to make a positive difference when it comes to the environment, they are being held back by a lack of empowerment and facilities. Key facts emerging from the research include: 3 out of 4 of us think that we are leaving our green efforts at home DESPITE 79% of UK office workers believing that being environmentally responsible at work has a big impact on the environment. 92% of office workers believe that it is important for UK companies to be environmentally responsible BUT only 51% of us say our company has a green policy in place AND only 54% think their compan... »

Water at Work Week

September 17-21 sees “Water at Work Week” to remind businesses that excessive water usage can hit their bottom line. The campaign urges UK small business to review their water usage and to play their part in making an estimated annual national saving of £507 million by taking some simple steps to ensure efficiency. Envirowise make the following recommendations for businesses to get involved: Ensure board-level go-ahead. Collect all company water data – bills, meter readings & flow rates Check your business premises for water leaks Check the source and discharge routes for all your business’s water processes Make a plan to target areas of high and unnecessary water usage. To assist in these simple steps to cut business costs, improve profits and lessen envi... »